I've always heard about the Alameda Antiques and Collectibles Fair which is held the first Sunday of every month on an old naval ship yard in Alameda, Ca. But in all my years of living in the bay area I had never been to it. My sister in-law, her husband and daughter took me for my belated birthday gift. I was amazed! This is not your typical flea market, it's an antiquers delight. Every vendor had to have nothing that was not less than 20 years old, so every stall was filled with vintage and antique items galore.
Many vendors had set up shop in themed type items. This particular booth had that 'shabby chic' thing going on, lots of painted and distressed antique white items. Still fun to look through, but there was so much there the monochromatic essence of it all began to blur.
Turn a corner and BAM!, this booth enthralled me. Check out those wonderful tiki chalk ware lamps with the swimsuit clad couple, the hula girls, and that gorgeous wiggle dress in the background on the mannequin. I was in love.
There were lots of food vendors but this one caught my eye with the 'wood fired' pizza. I restrained as I knew we were going out to lunch after a hard day of shopping so we plodded on.
I had to take a picture of this minnow bucket, my grandpa would have loved it. He used to go fishing and come home with fresh blue fish grandma would cook up for breakfast, talk about yum. I used to go out and help grandpa dig up earthworms in the evening before his early morning fishing trip, but that's another story all together.
Another fun themed booth filled with all carved wooden masks and statues.
We saw some very creative examples of re-purposed vintage items. This lamp was one of my favorites.
On the way out I spied some gorgeous cars in the parking lot, I think this vintage VW Karmann Ghia was my favorite though.
Then it was time for lunch, we had a fun morning, left about 12:30 and stopped at one of my favorite bay area barbecue places of all time Everett & Jones. All I can say is, if you haven't gone, you need to go. The have 5 locations in the bay area. And my advice is to get a side of the super hot sauce.
We got the combo platter for 4 which included all the meats and all the sides and we couldn't finish it all. For the price, the amount of food you get is incredible. There were plenty of left overs to take home!
Then over the bridge to Oakland to go to Blue Bottle Coffee. This is the BEST coffee and sadly we don't have this in San Jose, so I had to get a latte and buy a pound of beans to bring home.
Nathan, the barista, told me they have grown to the size they wanted to reach and aren't opening anymore retail locations. WHAT? So if you are in San Francisco or Oakland please stop by and get a cup of the BEST brew. They only other place you'll find them is in Brooklyn on the east coast (or on line). Such a tease.
Then we trekked over to Jack London Square and got some Chinese pastries to go with the coffee. You should have seen me doing the happy dance. A day filled with family, friends, treasure, good food and drink and a lot of wonderful memories.
Afterward we walked around a bit sand stopped at this kayak place that had these huge surfboards. You actually paddle around on them by standing and using a paddle. I may have to try this someday.
Thanks to Lauren, John and Sonia for making my Sunday a day worth remembering, what a great birthday present. And for my sister Jody calling me in the middle of to ask "So now you know what you've been missing all these years!" Yes, I'll be back!